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Uniform shops tailor-make clothes for obese children

New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.

Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.

Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:

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Results improve for Hull's best school

The headteacher of the best performing school in Hull is thrilled that his pupils keep getting better and better every year.

76% of students from St Mary's Catholic College achieved five A* - C grades, that's an increase of 1% on last year.

Had the reporting rules not changed, that figure would have been 79%.

Ged Fitzpatrick spoke to Calendar's Fiona Dwyer and explained the secret to their success.

GCSEs down in Bradford

Early indications suggest that GCSE results in Bradford have fallen compared to last year.

Differences in grades were expected this year due to major changes to the way exams are assessed.

At this very early stage it seems there may also have been a decline at various other local authorities in the region.

Nevertheless, we will be urgently analysing the figures and taking whatever action is necessary to ensure our young people are given the best possible education and the highest chances of success. As a local authority we have demonstrated that we take swift action whenever necessary to improve outcomes for young people and this is what we will continue to do.

Behind the headline figures we are of course hearing about numerous student and school success stories, for which individual pupils, their families and teachers can be very proud.

– Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire falling behind in GCSE results

As tens of thousands of students celebrate or commiserate today's GCSE results have exposed a massive north south divide when it comes to achievement.

Overall in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire the number of pupils getting A stars and As has gone up.

But our region holds a much smaller share of the nation's top grades, as Michael Billington explains:

GCSE results reveal north south divide

More students in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are getting the top grades at GCSE but today's results have revealed a massive north south divide when it comes to achievement.

There has been a 0.4 per cent increase in students getting As and A stars in our region. That is a seven per cent share of all the top grades nationally.

We have been to Bradford College which has many mature students re-taking their exams.

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Teaching union commends GCSE results despite 'upheaval'

The country's largest teaching union say that yearly variations on grades is a result of government policy rather than a reflection of pupils' ability.

The NASUWT criticised changes to exam structures as students across the country found out how they had done in their GCSEs.

This year’s GCSE exam entrants have had to cope with a raft of rushed through and ill-conceived changes to the qualifications system and so today’s results are especially commendable. Congratulations must go to teachers and pupils for navigating through this difficult period of upheaval.

The reality is that despite a campaign of calculated denigration of the GCSE qualification perpetuated by the Coalition Government, there was never any evidence to justify the destabilising changes that teachers and pupils have had to face.

It is becoming increasingly challenging for parents and the public to interpret and compare results year on year, but perhaps this is the Coalition Government’s intention.

It is particularly important given the changes to study the results in more detail to draw meaningful conclusions. Any variations in grades this year appear to be the result of reforms in the system, and not a reflection on the ability of pupils or the quality of teaching.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT

Read more: GCSE results see increase in A*-C grades

44% Hull pupils get five GCSE passes

As teenagers across the region receive their GCSE results today it is estimated that 44% of students in Hull have reached the five A*- C grades including English and Mathematics.

The way in which marks have been calculated differs to previous years, making it difficult for local authorities to provide accurate comparisons.

However, early indications show that out of 13 schools in Hull:

  • Three schools have achieved their best ever results
  • Five schools have made significant gains on previous years

I’m delighted with this year’s results and so very proud of our young people’s achievements. My congratulations go out to every pupil and I wish you all the very best in the future. I must also of course thank the teachers and other staff who have supported Hull’s students throughout their studies. They, together with parents and family members, have all contributed a great deal to today’s successes.

– Councillor Rosie Nicola, Hull City Council

Apprenticeship campaign launched ahead of GCSE results

The Business Secretary Vince Cable came to Yorkshire to launch a new campaign which aims to show young people the benefits of on the job training.

With just hours to go before they get their GCSE results - tens of thousands of students across the region are being urged to take up apprenticeships.

But Labour critics say it is now twice as hard to get an apprenticeship as it is to get into university.

Lisa Adlam reports:

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